Is My Loved One Addicted to Prescription Drugs?

If you’re concerned that a friend, family member or loved one may struggle with a substance use disorder involving a prescription drug, this quiz can help you understand the common signs of addiction and identify them in your loved one. This quiz is a self-guided assessment that has been created from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which is the standard criteria for diagnosing mental health and substance use disorders. Although it can be used as a guide, this quiz cannot substitute for a clinical diagnosis of a substance use disorder.

This Quiz Addresses: Physical and behavioral signs of addictions to prescription drugs like opioid painkillers (e.g., OxyContin), stimulants (e.g., Adderall), and benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax).

This Quiz Does Not Address: Illicit drug use or any alcohol use. If you are concerned that your loved one may be addicted to illicit drugs, you can take the “Is My Loved One Addicted to Illicit Drugs?” quiz instead. Or, if you believe your friend or family member may struggle with alcoholism, complete the “Is My Loved One Addicted to Alcohol?” assessment.

In the past 12 months, has your loved one:

Taken increasing amounts of their prescription medication (i.e., developed a physical tolerance to a drug)?
Been unable to stop taking a prescription medication, even when they tried to?
Kept a store of “extra” medications in a purse or bag?
Frequently switched doctors, psychiatrists or pharmacies?
Displayed uncharacteristic mood swings, including increased aggression, irritability or hyperactivity?
Struggled with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression?
Displayed physical signs of drug use (e.g., splotchy skin, excessive sweating, unusually large or small pupils, red or glassy eyes, runny nose, lethargy, slurred speech, etc.)
Appeared disheveled, showing a lack of grooming or personal hygiene?
Frequently overslept, been extremely drowsy or struggled with insomnia?
Lost interest in activities they normally enjoy?
Struggled (or failed) to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home?
Withdrawn socially from family, friends or other loved ones?

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